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Hawkeye Community College Offers Free Manufacturing Classes to Area High School Students This Summer

posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College is offering free classes this summer for area high school students focused on advanced manufacturing.

Classes will be held June 10–August 9, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Automation and Robotics Center, located at TechWorks Campus, 360 Westfield Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701.

The classes are part of IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing for High School Students. Using real industrial equipment, hands-on workstations, and state-of-the-art technology, students will gain some of the skills needed for next-generation careers in an ever-evolving workplace. 

Three IGNITE pathways are offered: 

IGNITE: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

Introduces fundamental concepts in advanced manufacturing, design to ignite interest, and develop basic skills. Technical Highlights: Smart Automation, CNC, Robotics, CAD, Additive Manufacturing, and Safety.

IGNITE: Introduction to Systems

Projects applying team concepts and problem-solving to basic systems. Expands on Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing technical topics in Smart Automation.

IGNITE: Mechatronics Systems

Projects in mechatronic systems combining computer-based controllers with electrical, mechanical, and fluid technologies. Introduces Programmable Controller (PLC) programming and applications.

These classes are free to high school students from Hawkeye’s service area. This program is funded through a Iowa Workforce Development work-based learning grant. 

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 319-296-4447.


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